Commission on Ministry

In keeping with the Book of Order, the commission shall:

  1. Promote the spiritual and temporal welfare of the ministries and churches of the Presbytery as enumerated in the Book of Order (G-3.0307).
  2. Visit with each session of the presbytery at least once every three years, discussing with them the mission and ministry of the particular church and encouraging the full participation of each session and congregation in the life and work of presbytery and of the larger church.
  3. Supervise all churches with a vacant pulpit.
  4. Function as the presbytery's committee on credentials, both as to teaching elders coming into the presbytery from other jurisdictions and as to the teaching elders seeking permission to labor within or without the bounds of the presbytery. A teaching elder of this presbytery desiring to labor within the bounds of this presbytery, but independently, or with an organization not under the jurisdiction of this presbytery, shall be required to have permission, being the same as though the request were to labor without the bounds of the presbytery. All such teaching elders shall report annually to the presbytery through this committee. Permission shall not be granted to a teaching eldeer of another presbytery to labor within the bounds of this presbytery unless the work, which the teaching elder comes to undertake, has first been approved by this presbytery, after which the teaching elder must secure permission of the other presbytery so to labor in keeping with the law and deliverances of the General Assembly.
Boundary Training

The Commission on Ministry is charged with providing regular Boundary Awareness Training for Ministers and Commissioned Ruling Elders ministering within the bounds of the Presbytery of Northern New England. This shall consist of abuse prevention training (including boundaries, pastoral ethics and sexual misconduct) and shall be required every five years. Retired Ministers and Commissioned Ruling Elders must undergo this training in order to engage in any church ministry, including, but not limited to, preaching, teaching, counseling, serving on committees, celebrating the sacraments, performing weddings and funerals or any other activities normally associated with the office of Minister or Commissioned Ruling Elder.

Ruling Elders are also strongly encouraged to attend Boundary Awareness Training -- both to be supportive of the ministers with whom they work and to help them be aware of Boundary Issues in their own ministries.

                   BOUNDARY AWARENESS TRAINING [BAT] 2018


            are required to take BAT as soon as possible after joining PNNE.


              are required to take BAT every five (5) years

BAT EVENTS in 2018

  •        PNNE’s COM will be hosting one event this year on JUNE 23 at the Bedford NH Presbyterian Church.

            Registration will open in May on this page.


  •       MAINE UCC:   you are invited to participate in any of these exciting trainings held by Maine’s UCC:
  •   April 18      Wiscasset  ME       Boundary Awareness in the Digital Age
  •   May 19       Norway ME           The Oxymoron of Boundaries in Rural Communities
  •   June 5        Augusta   ME        Letting Go: Observing Boundaries in New Ministry Settings/Retirement
  •   Sept. 18     Ellsworth ME         Everyday Boundaries
  •   Nov 7         Waterville ME        Back to Basics

               You can register for any of Maine UCC’s events at: http://maineucc.org/boundary-awareness-training/

Be sure to let the Stated Clerk (TJ DeMarco) know when you have taken a BAT so that it can be put on your record.If you choose to pursue BAT elsewhere, you must check with the Stated Clerk to make sure that it is comparable to what we require.    You should look for a 5 hour event with a fair amount of sharing and conversation about boundary issues as they impact our lives and our ministries.

BAT FOR RULING ELDERS and other church leaders are encouraged to take BAT when possible but not all BAT events are open to church leaders.  There was one in Maine in February and will be next year as well.  As other BAT events become available they will be listed here.

Please be aware that you must attend the entire session in order to fulfill the mandated requirement for training. 

 If training is taken outside PNNE, certification of training MUST be sent to the Stated Clerk, TJ DeMarco.

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